Smer, the largest opposition party in parliament, will not vote in favour of the EFSF bailout fund in parliament next Tuesday (October 11), its leader Robert Fico stated on Wednesday, October 5, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The announcement comes despite repeated statements by Fico that he and his party support the EFSF and associated efforts to bolster the eurozone, which Slovakia joined under Fico’s premiership.
Fico’s allies in the European socialist movement have reportedly called on him to back the bailout schemes in a spirit of European – and eurozone – solidarity. But Fico made clear that he would instead seek to extract political advantage from the situation.
“We're ready to support the EFSF only if political consequences follow,” Fico said on October 5, adding that he had an early general election in mind.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Oct 2011 at 10:00